Vessel with round bottom and overall cord-impressed texture

  • Earthenware
  • 26.5 x 25.9 cm
  • Possibly Ban Chiang culture
  • 1000-500 BCE, Possibly Ban Chiang Middle period
  • Origin: Northeast Thailand
  • Provenance: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2004.99


Globular vessel with rounded base, tall neck, everted rim, cord-impressed pattern design from neck to bottom. Irregular coloration resulting from bonfire firiing.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 11 July 2002) The Hauges acquired this vessel as "Oc Eo."  They knew a Vietnamese military officer stationed in the Mekong delta area; he recovered pots from the swampy margins of rivers during the low-water season. Such pots were said to be "from Oc Eo."

Mrs. Tran Thi Thanh Dao, Museum of Vietnamese History, Ho Chi Minh City, has seen pots like this but does not know exactly where they come from. The Dong Nai River and Oc Eo come to mind.

2. (Ellen Chase, Louise Cort, and Blythe McCarthy, 6 May 2003) This vessel is like S2004.50, but not red. What is the relationship?

3. (Louise Cort, 11 Feb 2005) This pot is so close to S2004.50 that both were made in the same place, although where that was is not yet clear. For the moment they are classified as prehistoric wares from the Khorat plateau, Northeast Thailand.

It is likely that the Hauges acquired this jar while in Bangkok, rather than in Saigon.

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